pos·ture | \ ˈpäs-chər \

Definition of posture 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture

b : the pose of a model or artistic figure

2 : state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances maintain a competitive posture in the market

3 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude


postured; posturing

Definition of posture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

1 : to assume a posture especially : to strike a pose for effect

2 : to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize

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posturer \ˈpäs-chər-ər \ noun

Synonyms for posture

Synonyms: Noun

attitude, carriage, poise, stance, station

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Examples of posture in a Sentence


Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The administration signaled its hard-line posture in March when the Education Department imposed its own contract after months of bargaining with the American Federation of Government Employees broke down. Lisa Rein, Anchorage Daily News, "New curbs on federal unions begin to take effect," 9 July 2018 The Evangelical League of Cuba, the Eastern and Western Baptist Conventions, the Methodist Church of Cuba and the Assembly of God Evangelical Church explained their posture in a statement posted last week on their social networks. Mario J. Pentón, miamiherald, "Gay marriage does not fit in a Communist country, Cuban Evangilicals say," 8 July 2018 But don’t be mistaken: there’s nothing dreamy about her posture. Eliza Mcgraw, Smithsonian, "Florence Sabin Pioneered Her Way in Medical Science, Then Made Sure Other Women Could Do the Same," 6 July 2018 After the fits, starts, and financial turbulence of recent days, the realization of a 5-Star-League coalition government put its populist posture on full display in Mr. Salvini's first public remarks. Colleen Barry, The Christian Science Monitor, "Italy forms western Europe's first populist government," 1 June 2018 The change in posture instead mirrors the Trump administration’s evolution in many other areas, from the Iran deal to incipient trade wars. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Giuliani: Trump Won’t Sit Down for Mueller Interview Without a Fight," 7 July 2018 Get into the habit of good posture (no one wants to be memorialized as a hunchback walking down the aisle), and maybe ask your betrothed to snap some portraits to put you at ease in front of the lens. Lili Göksenin, Vogue, "How To Look Good In Wedding Photos—The Definitive Insider's Guide," 23 June 2018 Moving the embassy marks an indelible change in US posture and the way the US is perceived in the Middle East and by European partners. Z. Byron Wolf, CNN, "Trump's new world order," 11 June 2018 Roberts maintained a posture of serenity Sunday morning. Andy Mccullough,, "Kenley Jansen gets back into rhythm, and the Dodgers beat the Giants 2-1 in 10 innings," 9 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Philadelphia views the situation very similarly to the end of Paul George’s tenure in Indiana 12 months ago: The Spurs have a fractured relationship with their star and Leonard’s camp has publicly postured for San Antonio to trade him. Jake Fischer,, "Sources: Sixers Weighing Various Trade Packages for Kawhi Leonard," 28 June 2018 Not so many years ago Silicon Valley postured as libertarian. Franklin Foer, The Atlantic, "The Death of the Public Square," 6 July 2018 There are rumors swirling and everyone is posturing during this time. Matt Babcock,, "Trust the (Draft) Process: Inside NBA Prospect Workouts," 6 June 2018 Still, others maintain that much of the back-and-forth between Washington and Beijing appears to be posturing for now—and that the odds of a full trade war breaking out remain slim. Akane Otani, WSJ, "Gains in Technology, Financial Shares Help Lift Indexes," 28 June 2018 And equally, the Democrats who are currently posturing are playing a good card badly. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 Working from his opponent’s guard, Jackson was able to easily posture and rain down punches from the top. John Morgan, USA TODAY, "CM Punk falls to Mike Jackson via decision at UFC 225," 9 June 2018 So message received: The American enemy will posture and thump his chest, but is afraid to actually stand up to you, even though his air force could blow yours out of the sky and his navy sink yours to the bottom of the sea. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The many things Trump didn’t accomplish in the latest Syria strike," 16 Apr. 2018 But multiple top White House officials have looked to cushion that possibility of a trade war by arguing that not only is the United States trying to avoid a tit-for-tat with China, but that the tariffs are just posturing. Dan Merica, CNN, "Why Trump's China spat has 2018 consequences," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of posture


circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for posture


Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

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English Language Learners Definition of posture

: the way in which your body is positioned when you are sitting or standing

: the attitude a person or group has toward a subject


pos·ture | \ ˈpäs-chər \

Kids Definition of posture

: the way in which the body is positioned when sitting or standing : the general way of holding the body an upright posture a humble posture


pos·ture | \ ˈpäs-chər \

Medical Definition of posture 

1 : the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose erect posture

2 : a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

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